Intel’s i845 (SDRAM) Chipset

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Gaming and 3D Graphics Performance

Will we see the same results in game oriented tests? First let’s look at the ZD 3D Winbench 2000 CPU score, which is a good indication of CPU power under 3D applications.

Pretty impressive. Almost a 29% advantage going to the i845 and P4 1.5 over the P3 800 and i815. Will other tests give similar results?

Not quite as much, but a very clear advantage going to the P4 and i845 over the P3 and i815, about 21.5%. How about video playback?

33%! That is a very impressive difference, I think we are starting to see where the P4 excels, but remember that we are comparing two similar priced chipset and CPU combo’s – not MHz vs. MHz. Isn’t that what counts? How much performance I can get for X amount of money? Or how much performance as a dealer I can offer in a certain price range? I think so on both accounts.

So what about some of the “older” games? Lets look at both Quake 3 and Final Reality benchmark results.

The P4 and i845 have about an 18% advantage over the P3 and i815. Not as much as I’d expect when the CPU is almost twice as fast, but then it still is significantly faster.

But Final Reality gives us a different picture. The P4 and i845 is about 35% faster than the P3 and i815. I think we are getting a pretty clear picture here. The i845 and P4 1.5 look to be much better at gaming than the similar priced P3 800 and i845.

So now we’ve done the benchmarks and found that not only do the P4 1.5GHz CPU and i845 chipset compare in cost to a P3 800MHz and i815, but the newer generation P4 and i845 chipset combined also give us comparable business application performance, along with much better multimedia performance.

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